Sure… energy, economy, equal opportunity, etc. – they are all very important part of our lives. But what about the environment, Mr. President? In recent months, I’ve read some alarming articles that clean air and water is under threat, and that some parts of the world are already suffering from severe shortages of clean water.

Sure, we still seem to have plenty of water in the United States. It still rains and snows regularly where I live (in New England) despite the “climate change.” But I also heard that fracking for shale gas has been leaving some areas so toxic that their tap water became poisonous and flammable as it was portrayed in the documentary film, Gasland. Shouldn’t the U.S. energy policy include more strict environment-protecting measures put in place before we go “forward”?

Did you say a new pipeline from Canada? How much more natural wildlife habitats are we going to devastate in the name of old-fashioned energy? Yes, I also heard you mentioned renewable future energy, like wind and solar. But nuclear? C’mon, you can’t be serious after what happened to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. I’ve read reports that 48 out of 65 nuclear power plants in the U.S. have leaked Tritium (radioactive hydrogen), some in high concentration, which contaminated drinking water in some states. The radiation damages are not reversible.

It is probably the hardest job to be the President of the U.S. that you must perform a balance act in every issue that is thrown at you. I bet it’s no easy task dealing with the other old party and big firm bullies who act like “profit first, people second, nature : not-even-on-their-mind,” especially when it comes to energy and environment issues. But without clean air and water (and food, of course), it’s only a matter of time that the bandaged energy policy will collapse like a toxic Wall Street, and forget about the bail out.

Please do the right thing. Please create more environmentally friendly United States of America as you create more jobs. I’m counting on you. So is all the voiceless wildlife losing their habitats, “homes,” everyday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance.

A view of Boston from Lynn Woods, MA

A frog basking in the sun on a lily pad at Wachusetts Meadow, MA

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